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NCAA president responds to Newton backlash

By: AP
By: AP
Cam Newton will be eligible to play in Saturday's SEC title game.

Cam Newton will be eligible to play in Saturday's SEC title game.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - NCAA President Mark Emmert says he knows
"many people are outraged" that a parent could "shop around" a
student-athlete and the player not lose any eligibility.

Emmert said in a statement on the NCAA's web site Thursday that
his organization will "work aggressively" with member schools to
change bylaws and avoid repeats of Auburn quarterback Cam Newton's situation.

The NCAA said Wednesday that Newton was unaware of the
pay-for-play scheme concocted by his father and the quarterback was
eligible to play in the Southeastern Conference championship game

The president says the NCAA will work to ensure "that this type
of behavior is not a part of intercollegiate athletics." The NCAA
has said that eligibility decisions are separate from enforcement.

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